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Familiar Person Processing Disorders

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Under this heading papers are listed dealing both with perceptual and semantic disorders of familiar person processing as far as the proper name anomia issue.
Most important papers are marked with an asterisk.

De Renzi E, Spinnler H (1966) Facial recognition in brain-damaged patients. An experimental approach. Neurology 16:145-152 *

De Renzi E, Faglioni P, Spinnler H (1968) The performance of patients with unilateral brain damage in face recognition tasks. Cortex 4: 17-34

Della Sala S, Muggia S, Spinnler H (1995) Cognitive modelling of face processing: Evidence from Alzheimer patients. Neuropsychologia 33: 675-687

Lucchelli F, Muggia S, Spinnler H (1997) Selective proper name anomia: A case involving only contemporary celebrities. Cognitive Neuropsychology 14: 881-900

Barbarotto R, Capitani E, Spinnler H, Trivelli C (1998) Slowly progressive semantic impairment with category specificity. Neurocase 1: 109-119

Gentileschi V, Sperber S, Spinnler H (1999) Progressive defective recognition of familiar people. Neurocase 5: 407-424

Della Sala S, Muggia S, Spinnler H, Zuffi M (2000) Un test di decisione fisionomica tarato su normali ed utilizzato nei dementi di Alzheimer. Archivio di Psicologia, Neurologia e Psichiatria 56:613-625

Gentileschi V, Sperber S, Spinnler H (2001) Crossmodal agnosia for familiar people as a consequence of right infero-polar temporal atrophy. Cognitive Neuropsychology 18: 439-463

Bizzozero I, Ferrari F, Pozzoli S, Saetti C, Spinnler H (2005) Who is who: Italian norms for visual recognition and identification of celebrities. Neurological Sciences 26:95-107

Lucchelli F, Spinnler H (2008) A reappraisal of person recognition and identification. Cortex, 44: 230-237

Bizzozero I, Lucchelli F, Pozzoli S, Saetti C, Spinnler H (2007) “What do you know about Ho Chi Minh?” Italian norms of proper name comprehension. Neurological Sciences, 28: 16-30

Bizzozero I, Lucchelli, S, Saetti C, Spinnler H (2007) "Whose face is this?": Italian norms of naming celebrities. Neurological Sciences, 28: 315-322

Lucchelli F, Spinnler H (2007) The case of lost Wilma: a clinical report of Capgras delusion. Neurological Sciences, 28: 188-195 *

Bizzozero I, Lucchelli F, Saetti C, Spinnler H (2008) Mild Cognitive Impairment does entail Retrograde Amnesia for Public Events. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, in press *


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Updated to July 2011